Taking an early morning walk Saturday could help thousands of Tennessee children in foster care.
The Tennessee Foster Adoptive Care Association and the National Foster Parent Association are holding a 5K walk at Bicentennial Mall on Saturday to raise funds for the cause.
Proceeds from the walk will help 1,200-1,500 kids through TFACA, said spokesperson Dorsell Martinez.
The annual event has become a significant source of income for the group, which funds scholarships for children in foster care, camp opportunities, musical instruments, among other items. Last year they distributed 12,000 book bags to children in foster care.
“We are an organization of foster parents and people that have a general interest in the welfare of children,” Martinez said. “We are a support group for families that do foster care and adoption and one of the largest foster care organizations in the country. We are able to provide lots of things for children in care through this walk.”
The walk, in its third year this year, will also have food, games, a live band, vendors and plenty of activities for kids. WQQK 92.1 Sunday gospel DJ, Connie Denelle will be a special guest.
Martinez said the goal is to raise $20,000 at the event. Previous walks raised around $15,000 each, she said.
TFACA is also looking to garner new parents.
“We need more families so we are currently recruiting,” said Martinez. She noted that the average age for children in custody is in between 13 and 18, but most looking into adoption are looking for younger children.
There will be two additional walks this year taking place in Memphis on Aug. 28 and Chattanooga on Sept. 11.
Registration for the Nashville “Walk Me Home … to the place I belong” event is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.